Root canals are valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp is the live portion of the tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues. When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, swelling and even total tooth loss unless treated. Root canals remove the damaged parts of the tooth and infected root. In some cases, an antibiotic is prescribed to help prevent further infection within the tooth. The organic portion of the tooth that remains may be restored using a cap or crown that provides a natural appearance and normal tooth function.
Many patients associate root canals with pain and discomfort.
But local anesthetics and advancements in modern dentistry have made root canals highly tolerable procedures that are often no less comfortable than getting a standard filling. Upon completion, a restored tooth that has undergone a root canal will blend in with surrounding teeth – virtually undetectable to the average eye.
The symptoms of an infected root canal often come on suddenly and sometimes at inconvenient times. Call us at the first sign of infection and watch for the following signs that you may need a root canal:
- Swelling in your face or jaw area
- Pain with chewing or pressure
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- A small pimple on your gums
- Tooth discoloration
Acting fast can make all the difference when it comes to saving your tooth. If we act quickly, we have a better chance of avoiding a dental extraction.